Exploration 1 : Why do we seek?
“Be content with what you have,
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you,”
Tao Te Ching Chapter 44
Exploration 2: Why do we exist?
"When the intelligent and animal souls are held together in one embrace,
they can be kept from separating.
When one gives undivided attention to the (vital) breath,
and brings it to the utmost degree of pliancy,
he can become as a (tender) babe.
When he has cleansed away the most mysterious sights (of his imagination),
he can become without a flaw."
Tao Te Ching Chapter 10
Exploration 3 : Who are we?
Abandon study and your worries will cease.
What is the use of linguistic subtleties?
Much better is knowledge of the distinction between good and evil.
Alas, the world has become a wilderness without end.
The multitude rejoice and are glad, like those who enjoy their food, like people who have climbed a high terrace in spring.
I alone am calm and have not yet moved.
I am like a new-born babe who has not yet smiled.
I am free and without limitation, as if there were no place to which I would like to return.
The multitude have enough and to spare: I alone am like one who has lost everything.
I have the heart of a fool; I am a chaos of confusion.
The common people possess sparkling lucidity; I alone am dark.
The common people possess penetrative insight: I alone am mournfully anxious.
I am indeterminate, like the sea:
I am restless, tossed to and fro by the waves.
Everyone has a reason for everything;
I alone am foolish. I alone am different from the common people, because I revere the Mother who nourishes all things.
Tao Te Ching Chapter 20
Exploration 4 : Can we really change?
"He who knows others is astute, but he who knows himself is illumined.
He who overcomes others is strong, but he who overcomes himself is omnipotent.
He who can restrain himself is rich, but he who is filled with energy has the power of will.
He who does not deviate from his essential nature will live long,
but he who dies, yet is not lost, will enjoy everlasting life.”
Tao Te Ching chapter 33
Exploration 5 : Is a spiritual path possible in today's life?
Those who from delusion's grasp break free, find the path to inner reality.
Those who unto not-doing attain, are
linked as one, forever, in the Chain.
Tao Te Ching, Chapter 33